Ramakriya Ramaprasad

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#1 Ramakriya Ramaprasad

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As @rajeshnat suggested in another thread, I am creating a thread in my name, here in this section.

For those who do not know me, I was an active member here for many years (probably from 2004 to 2010 or 2012) after which I have become somewhat irregular. That is when I got into playwriting and theater activities. I should mention that the Rasika forum has provided me a lot of learnig through the interaction with many people here, and I would like to thank them all. It has very deep impact in my understanding of our music and traditions, and innovations.

Thanks to, and inspired other composers on this forum such as Shrikanth Murthy & Arasi - I started dabbling in composition sometime in 2007 or 2008 - and very happy to share with you all, I have so far composed around 50 compositions in these years, and also have produced some musicals on stage with my own compositions. My compositions include geetes, Swrajatis, Varnas, Ragamalikas, Tillanas. and some dance specific types such as Kautuvams, Pusjpanjali etc.

Some of my compositions have also been sung in concerts and used in dance concerts. I have not used a signature (or mudra) in all compositions, but some of my varNas do have a mudra as "kaushikESha" which, I may use in future compositions too, if the theme suits :)

I hope to post my compostion recordings in this thread and will be happy to share the notations with any music lovers here who may wish to learn them, should they find them interesting.

Thank you all!

-Ramakriya
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#2 Ramakriya Ramaprasad

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YOu go with the name ramaprasad . If you prefer to use the handle ramakriya that is fine . In any case remove My compositions ""and : etc in the title please, Future searching will be a nightmare. My suggestion of the title is above . Take that or just put ramakriya or Ramaprasad .

Thank you for creation of your own thread . Insights on How you decided to compose , group it and possibly what were your subliminal connections to create a particular piece(that too considering you have moved away to US) . All that would also help. You do your own slicing and dicing post it here so that it stays cohesive and aggregated in one thread. I am yet to touch your latest recording of swarajathi,.Hopefully will wait in this thread to especially when you open a swarajathi. Take your time no rush you group your thoughts write and space it.

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@rajeshnat Sure, I have changed the thread title as per your suggestion.

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Let me kickstart this thread by one of my recent compositions. It is a sanchari gIte in the rAga amrtavarShini, and set in Triputa tALa. The sahitya is in Kannada, in a style with excessive use of samskrta words.

A geete is a composition that helps a music student to get familiar with different rAgas, after the initial swara-only lessons are over. It introduces the concept of mAtu ( sAhitya) in addition to dhAtu ( swara). This composition illustrated here too sticks to a typical sanchAri gIte style- with the sancharas mostly limited to madhya sthAyi, with each swara corresponding to one sahitya syllables (with a few exceptions to show the concept of kAruve).

The first five Avartas of the sahitya are also indicative of the swaras used in the rAga ( sa = ShaDja , gu= antara gAndhAra mi=prati madhyama , pa= panchama and nu=kAkali nishAda).

Here is a link to the recording, sung by Vidushi Ragini Sanath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUzJLs60Mhw

Looking forward to any questions/comments by the Rasika community.

-Ramakriya

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Hi Ramakriya,
While you’re on the topic, what’s the difference between a pillari gIte and sancAri gIte?

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As far as I can say, the term piLLAri gIte is reserved for the 4 gItes of purandara dAsa ( srIgananAtha, kundagaura, kereya nIranu and padumanAbha). Everything else is termed a sancAri gIte. if you go to older works, IIRC, you will just see the term gIta, and no further classification.

-Ramakriya

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Thank you!
What does piLLAri mean?

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"
** Pillari means Ganapathi (Pillayar). Thus the name Pillari Geethe. In the 17-18th century Tanjavur, Purandaradasa and his compositions had become very popular.
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from
RAMBLINGS WITH BELUR
https://bellurramki18.wordpress.com/200 ... sa-trivia/
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is this correct?

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piLLAri is the name given to the ganapati made from gOmaya. Although not all the 4 geetes are about ganapati, it is common to call the malahari gItes i as piLLAri gIte,

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#10 Re: Ramakriya Ramaprasad

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Thank you! So piLLAri (in kannaDa) is the same as piLLAiyAr (in tamizh) in a way.

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Since today is Ramanavami, thought of sharing another composition of mine. a gIte, in rAga SankarAbharaNa. The sAhiya is in kannaDa and in praise of rAma. The gIte is set in triputa tALa.

As in most gItes, the gIte has a pallavi, anupallavi and followed by two charaNas that are identical in dhAtu.

The notation is available here.

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Here is an audio rendition:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN48t9ObHeg

Happy Srirama Navami to all rasikas.

-Ramakriya

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Today being Chitra Poornima, when the annual rathotsava happens at my native place, I finished composition of a varNa in rAga Kannada - with the deity Keshava as the theme. This is my 16th Varna, so far.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzSKVZgP-HQ

On this day of #InternationalDanceDay, glad to share the recording of one of my compositions, a Pushpanjali from a dance concert a few years ago.

It is a Ragamalika compositions in the ragas Rasamanjari, Hamsadwani and Arabhi.

-Ramakriya

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Today being the birth anniversary of Sri Tyagaraja, I am sharing the recording of my #Navaragamalika #Tyagaraja themed varNa:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hn72LXxyGw

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A swarajati, in Raga Begade. The notation is also there in the video for those interested:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvRbz6DQpz0

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Today is Seeta Navami. So sharing a compositio of mine, a Varna in the raga Revagupti. AditALa. The sahitya describes and praises Seeta:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7ljrC0Znes

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#18 Re: Ramakriya Ramaprasad

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Thanks for sharing sir! Could you please share notations for the Revagupti varnam and Sunaadavinodini Varnam?

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#19 Re: Ramakriya Ramaprasad

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Ananthakrishna wrote: 22 May 2021, 13:31 Thanks for sharing sir! Could you please share notations for the Revagupti varnam and Sunaadavinodini Varnam?
Surely, Can you reach out to me at hamsanandi at gmail dot com please ?

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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_Md ... sp=sharing

Can you please check it the notation document is visible? @Ananthakrishna

This is the notation for the Revagupti Varna.

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#21 Re: Ramakriya Ramaprasad

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The notation is visible and very much clear sir! Thanks a lot!

I’ll mail you with requests for a few notations shortly!

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